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By Jim Pickard and Kiran Stacey, July 15, 2013

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And now George Monbiot unpicks the role and funding of the the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and other think-tanks here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/15/cigarette-packaging-corporate-smokescreen-liberty

And Monbiot’s searching reflection:

But even if Crosby is sacked, the infrastructure of hidden persuasion will remain intact. Nor will it be affected by the register of lobbyists that David Cameron will announce on Tuesday, antiquated before it is launched.

Nanny state, health police, red tape, big government: these terms have been devised or popularised by corporate front groups. The companies who fund them are often ones that cause serious harm to human welfare. The front groups campaign not only against specific regulations, but also against the very principle of the democratic restraint of business.

I see the “free market thinktanks” as the most useful of these groups. Their purpose, I believe, is to invest corporate lobbying with authority . . .

 

 

 

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Posted on July 16, 2013, in Civil servants, Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Government, Lobbying, Vested interests and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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